Gossip Girl's Blake Lively braves the cold NYC weather wearing a sparkly number by Dolce & Gabbana. Lively who was out for the The Cinema Society screening of Haywire muted her sparkly top by pairing it with a wintery tweed skirt and accessorizing with navy ribbed tights and black furry oxford wedges from Matiko. I love that she kept the focus on her blouse instead of opting for sparkly gems, which would have played out the whole look. Another pointer? Navy tights add an unexpected touch of color to her otherwise gray palette.
For Nina Ricci's Pre-Fall 2012, creative director Peter Copping continues to solidify the house's identity by presenting a collection that is undeniably Ricci. Ladylike yet unfussy, the looks featured classic Nina Ricci accents such as bows, pleating, ruffles, fur, lace, jewels, as well as structured forms that kept the collection from going into uptight, old-frumpy lady territory. While the evening looks are definitely my favorite (check out the last two looks, which includes the dress Rooney Mara wore to this year's Golden Globes), daywear holds its own quite well with chunky knits, bold fuschia hues, form fitting seperates and snakeskin footwear. Still drooling over the last dress? I for one-definitely am.
To use Rachel Zoe's expression "I Die"- I Die for Hilary Rhoda's leopard print denim. Not only are these Current/Elliott's the perfect shade, length and level of cool, they look amazing when paired with simple separates like a black blazer and a charmeuse tank. However, if your looking to step it up a notch and take this look from casual to glam, all you need to do is up your accessories. For starters, work a game-changer clutch like this Alexander McQueen Shark Teeth Skull one (seen above), which is soooo "I Die" for, it deserves a whole post of its own. Next, work sexy footwear-my latest obsession-caged shoes that show just enough skin without being trashy. And when they are done in a sexy Louboutin Mary-Jane peep toe, nothing else is needed. Keep the rest of your look simple and monochrome as leopards never like to share the spotlight. The best part of these pants? You can recycle it numerous times by pairing it with solid neutrals like grays, whites and blacks. Tadah.
Wearing a black Michael Kors gown to the Berlin premiere. This dress is from the pre-fall 2012 collection which was just presented. The hemline is genius and looks even better paired with black peep-toes.
Wearing Rodarte at the Madrid premiere.
In Miu-Miu at a photo-call in Berlin . A bit more daring and young but super chic and still understated.
Wearing Givenchy to a photocall in Madrid. The green/brown/black combo is modern, sleek and fashion forward.
Wearing Givenchy again at the premiere in London. This time around she opted for a breath-taking white beaded gown with a revealing back. I love that her hair is always understated. Definitely my newest girl-crush.
Much like it's cousin, the Candy Glitter acrylic version, Jimmy Choo's Candy Mirror Clutch is a guaranteed hit. While its shape, size, and even delicate chain strap remain the same, this time around, the clutch has a sleek mirrored finish, giving the candy a bit more edge. Arriving in silver, gold and rose-gold (pictured above), your options will be limitless and gleamy. So get yourself an early Valentine's Day and pre-order now for $595 as these goodies will be gone pretty quickly come February.
Funny enough-my latest fashion obsession/girl crush with Rooney Mara began only after watching her in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as kickass Lisbeth Sander. Unlike her edgy/tomboy on-screen character, in real life, Mara opts for flirty dresses, bares skin, and looks ultra-glam. For the Paris premiere of her latest movie, Rooney wore a black embroidered Louis Vuitton dress that is prettier than pretty. The woven details and bell shaped skirt looks even more sophiticated when paired with a simple black leather belt and understated heels. Extra touch? A red pout and brushed back blunt bangs. Definitely a great way to begin the new year.
Looking to sparkle on New Year's Eve but hate looking like a giant disco ball? Then I suggest you spackle in small dosages by trying on one of Essie's Luxeffects Holiday Collection nailpolishes. The Essie Luxeffects collection is a set of five multidimensional glitter topcoats which are intended for layering over other polishes, but look pretty good by themselves, too. My favorite hue is "As Gold as it Gets" (far left) which looks amazing topped over an emerald green nail color. Best part? The top-coat will keep the color from chipping and will last way into the New Year.
While sparkles and festive hues maybe on your mind when shopping for presents this time a year, get yourself a post-Christmas gift in a bright neon shade in order to avoid the post-Holiday blues that inevitably come forth once the Christmas music stops and the holiday lights are out. My pick? A Cambridge Satchel Flouro Bag in either neon green, pink or orange. And while the hue maybe a tad bold, the traditional cross-body messenger bag shape is super easy to wear and results in a versatile combination. The best part? This classic British satchel is only $155. So start collecting kiddies.
Sequined leggings have gotten their share of fashion spotlight for quite some-time. However, never have they looked as good as they do now. My two personal favorites come courtesy of Express and By Malene Birger, $98 and $425 respectively. Which brings us back to the main question: Is it better to lust or must? By lusting you will be going home with top-notch quality sequined leggings and possibly be mistaken for a fashion editor. On the other hand, by committing a must, you are spending less than $100, which is less than a 1/4 of the lust, and still look pretty stylish. The quality may not be up to par with said expensive lycra. However, when it comes to trends, it's always important to must over lust. Because, how stupid will you feel when you spend almost $500 on leggings you only wear two times. Then again, If money grows on trees in your backyard, then I suggest you go for the By Malene Birger version.
Black is what I like to think of as a safe color, beautiful, flattering, slimming, and elegant. More importantly the hue makes for a wise choice when it comes to dressing up, particularly for black-tie weddings. As a wedding guest, one should probably wear black unless your part of the bridal party, and even then black and white brides-maids ensembles can work as I'm all for the Chanel-themed look. That being said, it's also best to avoid cream, ivory, and white based fabrics and materials-lest you may want to outshine the bride-which is worthy of a whole other post I think (and for another time). Well it seems as if black and white color dichotomies for weddings are a thing of the past. If you don't believe me, just ask Vera Wang, who presented her Fall 2012 Bridal show, by showcasing a total of 9 black bridal gowns-out of 15 that is. Wang, who in the past has dabbled with hues like green, violet and even peach during her Bridal presentations, took to a noir-themed runway stating " I found black to be fresh and tounge and cheek." While I do love the black dresses she presented as they are effortlessly beautiful like all things Vera Wang, I am not sure they read "wedding day". Then again, I am all for these alluring and seductive gowns that seem to have the whole witchy vibe gowing on. Comments=Love.